Anyone with Experience of the Florida Keys?

max

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I'm putting together a little skindiving expedition: hopefully dive a bit, catch some fresh fish and broil them on the beach. Take along my nephews. Heavy duty snorkeling.

What's good to see and do in the Keys?
 

IA-SteveB

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I have been there many times. Go to Key Largo and take them on a snuba dive at the Christ of the Abyss statue in Pennekamp State Park. Snuba is easy and gives kids a great taste of shallow diving. If you are a scuba diver, check out the Eagle and Benwood wrecks, also in Key Largo. The nephews would really like the Christ statue. There are yellowtail and many other fish that hang out in that area. You can also kayak/paddleboard through the state park mangroves which are very cool.


When my friend lived in Key Largo we used to take a boat out beyond the state park and hunt lobster. Nothing better than scuba diving and then bringing home a fresh dinner. That's her in the picture. (kidding)
 
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Kevin T

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You'll love it. Agree with IA about Pennekamp. It's a must visit for scuba/snorkeling. The last time I was there we stayed in Marathon, which is essentially a middle key. It's also fairly large by Florida Key standards, so there's convenience stores, restaurants. Used to be a small mall but not sure it's still there. It's also full of retirees, so not exciting but Marathon is a nice home base to explore multiple keys. You're close to 7 mile bridge there and Bahia Honda is a fantastic beach with great kayaking. Looe Key has a national marine sanctuary. Key West has too much to mention and it's all fascinating. Been too long since I've been.
 
#8
I have seen "Key Largo" if that counts.

I once met a Russian guy in Stockholm who bragged that he used to be the number three goalie on Russia's hockey team, and kept telling me that he was a "Key West guy." I had had no idea what he meant until his sister explained to me with a laugh what he meant. Does being a "Key West guy' mean anything to people other than that Russian?
 
#9
Key West is full of Hemingway stuff
Grow a full beard and then enter the Papa Hemingway lookalike contest held each year in July at his favorite hangout Sloppy Joe’s, which is now on Duval Street in KW. The original KW SJ’s was around the corner on Greene Street but is now called Captain Tony’s Saloon. The original Sloppy Joe’s was a bar/fish joint in old Havana that Ernie and friends hung out in to enjoy drinking during Prohibition.
 
#10
Grow a full beard and then enter the Papa Hemingway lookalike contest held each year in July at his favorite hangout Sloppy Joe’s, which is now on Duval Street in KW. The original KW SJ’s was around the corner on Greene Street but is now called Captain Tony’s Saloon. The original Sloppy Joe’s was a bar/fish joint in old Havana that Ernie and friends hung out in to enjoy drinking during Prohibition.
I thought @sureshs is an expert in Key lime pie. Does that count?
 
#14
One time I tried to calculate Sureshs's area and my computer exploded. Since then I only dabble in Michael Moore obesity-level computations and leave the heavy lifting to NASA and MIT.
Chuck Lorre must have observed your personal cata.s.strophe and was inspired to create Sheldon Cooper and his crew in The Big Bang Theory, which is just cover for Caltech’s observations on earth shaking matters like the Poobartoli belly wiggle.
 
#19
I'm putting together a little skindiving expedition: hopefully dive a bit, catch some fresh fish and broil them on the beach. Take along my nephews. Heavy duty snorkeling.

What's good to see and do in the Keys?
A little heads up.... There really aren't beaches in the keys.

Key West is super touristy but fun for a day trip.

Islamorada is the fishing Capitol of the keys.

There's not much to do.... But fish and drink..... And go to dinner. It's a very chill play too vacation.
 
#26
I took one of these out and went fishing. caught some nice fishes. also this being spring break, it is good time to hook up with some college girls

 
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